Philip Connors, MS, MPH, CGC received an M.S. in Genetic Counseling from Boston University School of Medicine in 2014 and an M.P.H. from Boston University School of Public Health focusing in Health Policy and Law in 2020. Prior to joining the BUGC team in 2015, Philip worked in the Cancer Genetics and Prevention Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. In this role, he counseled patients for a variety of oncologic diagnoses and gained expertise in next-generation sequencing technology and the implications of gene panel testing. Philip’s current clinical and research interests include reproductive justice and genetic testing, the intersection of genetics and public health/policy, and ethical considerations in genetics and genetic counseling. At Boston Medical Center, Philip is lead genetic counselor in the Antenatal Testing Unit, providing reproductive genetic counseling services to patients and their families.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility
The faculty of the BU Genetic Counseling Program recognize and celebrate differences in ethnicity, race, gender identity, disability status, religion, sexuality, immigration status and socioeconomic backgrounds in our learning community. As we provide care and train learners at Boston Medical Center, an institution serving historically marginalized patients and clients, we work to integrate issues related to diversity, inclusion, justice and equity throughout all aspects of our curriculum. We are devoted to developing faculty’s and students’ roles as advocates for our colleagues and patients, and uplifting the voices of those who have been disempowered by the medical system.
As a member of our program's faculty, my own efforts focus on designing and implementing holistic and antiracist admissions processes as we recruit future genetic counselors into our profession. My role as an instructor in our prenatal genetics curriculum and ethics course incorporates our own society's history of racism and eugenics in medicine, and the complex work it takes to untangle ourselves from this past to build a more just future of genetic medicine. My research interests interrogate the availability and uptake of prenatal genetic testing options, and consider novel service delivery methods in genetic testing across the reproductive and non-reproductive lifespan. I am a new member of the NSGC Board of Directors, having served on the Membership Committee focusing on designing sustainable recruitment and outreach practices for our professional society’s development.
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Yarrington CD, Smith-Lin C, Neuhalfen R, Hanchate A, Connors P, Wang C. Racial and ethnic differences in uptake of cell-free fetal DNA aneuploidy screening in an urban safety net hospital. Prenat Diagn. 2021 Oct; 41(11):1389-1394.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34369603; DOI: 10.1002/pd.6029;
Kelley EG, Yarrington CD, Calderwood L, Torrey Sosa L, Connors PD. The importance of personalismo: Navigating obstacles in recruitment strategies for Spanish speakers in marginalized communities. J Genet Couns. 2020 06; 29(3):391-398.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32144873
Urli J, Connors PD, Channaoui N. Knowledge and opinions of the genetic counseling profession of high school students from underrepresented backgrounds. J Genet Couns. 2020 04; 29(2):212-223. PMID: 31850593
Athens BA, Caldwell SL, Umstead KL, Connors PD, Brenna E, Biesecker BB. A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials to Assess Outcomes of Genetic Counseling. J Genet Couns. 2017 Oct; 26(5):902-933. PMID: 28255928; PMCID: PMC7350655; DOI: 10.1007/s10897-017-0082-y;
Lewis KL, Hooker GW, Connors PD, Hyams TC, Wright MF, Caldwell S, Biesecker LG, Biesecker BB. Participant use and communication of findings from exome sequencing: a mixed-methods study. Genet Med. 2016 Jun; 18(6):577-83. PMID: 26540156; PMCID: PMC4860179; DOI: 10.1038/gim.2015.133;
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2012 Northeastern University:
Sears B. Condit Award